The box of chocolates at Cheshire Cottage is “like in a fairy tale”

This chocolate box cottage in the heart of the Cheshire countryside has been touted as the perfect place for people looking for a fairy tale setting to celebrate a special occasion. The adorable Hawthorn Cottage in Cranage has been listed on Airbnb by owner Lydia Causer since September 2020.

The former second-listed farmhouse dates from 1672 and includes an outdoor well, walled garden, courtyard and hot tub. The quaint interior features original beamed ceilings, a cantou fireplace and a crank staircase.

Lydia, who lives next door, has owned the property for four years. The cottage was renovated during the first lockdown and was originally designed to be a home for his mother, who was living alone in Lymm at the time.

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She said: “The chalet was just on its last legs when we got it, so we renovated it to what it is now. We put in new thatch and new oak beams. The lockdown really gave us the greatest opportunity to do it again.

“It was originally for my mum to move in during lockdown because she had a flat in Lymm and was on her own. When she was in the cottage, walkers passed on the nearby public footpath and we always speak for them.

“My mum once said that a couple had asked if we were renting the cabin. She told them we would even though we hadn’t planned to at the time.”

Lydia said she was originally “really nervous about doing it” but, after her mother left, they put it on Airbnb. She said that since then it’s “just gone crazy” with people even coming from America since the end of travel restrictions.

“It’s lovely because it’s mostly for special occasions that people book like birthdays, honeymoons or a night out. It’s a lovely presence,” she said.

“People are coming from all over, even Cornwall. And now after the lockdown we’re starting to see people coming from overseas. We had a lady from San Diego and then we booked in people who are coming from Hollywood !”

The chalet has been a hit with visitors since being listed on Airbnb. According to the site, 90% of recent customers gave it a five-star rating with a current overall rating of 4.97.

When asked why she thought the chalet was so popular, Lydia replied: “It’s unique and it’s hard to find anything else like it. It’s a real piece of history and it just has that nice feeling of being in a fairy tale. . There is a positive vibe and it’s just beautiful. We tried to make it as special as possible.”

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